It’s that time of year again, where I tell you all about growing older (but not necessarily wiser.) Just like last year, and the time before that.
My birthday was on a Sunday but I started celebrating on the Wednesday, and also managed to stretch it into the following week for a couple of days. Birthday gluttony at its finest.
Goat’s cheese salad! And that’s hake! A burger!
To keep things snappy, I’ll start from Saturday. I also made pic collages! I’m all about those now.
My sister and I went to the city for brunch but the traffic was bananas, due to a strike. I clearly wasn’t aware this beforehand. Whoops! There were traffic jams everywhere, and people were really cranky. (Cranky people on my birthday weekend = unacceptable) We may have missed our pick of breakfast foods but managed to get a table for a late lunch at The Green Hen, which is always a good choice for food, value and location.
After lunch we went for a walk. The weather was so good that we had to spend some time at Stephen’s Green (so good I see I pictured it twice) and picked up a birthday cake for the gathering later on.
Birthday celebrations were at home. We kept it casual as Kev and Aisling’s wedding was the weekend after (more on that later) so we all played Cards Against Humanity, ate, drank and were merry. I can say with confidence that each one of us has a special place in hell waiting for us after that card game.
The bride and groom to be spent their last weekend of freedom with me so I felt very special indeed. There they are now, looking swell, in the 8th picture of my fun collage.
On my actual birthday my family and I dined at an old favourite – Silks in Malahide. In my opinion it’s the best Chinese restaurant and the food is always amazing. The Silk’s chicken satay, ribs and Singapore chow mein are all worth an order if you find yourself there and are in need of inspiration.
On our way home from dinner, we saw this amazing sunset.
Everybody, SHUSH! The Lion King is about to start.
Celebrations stretched until Tuesday, when I went to see Sylvan Esso at Whelans. I knew they’d be good, but they were better than good, they were AMAZING from start to finish. All last week was full of pre wedding parties, so post gig I hopped into a cab and made it to the Garlands house before midnight to welcome relatives who came from Boston for Saturday’s nuptials.
Saturday afternoon we headed to Athlone for the wedding ceremony and reception. Both the bride and groom looked great, and I’ve never seen either of them look so happy.
I sat with my oldest and dearest friends for dinner at Mount Doom (tables names were reference to Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings…but I’m sure you already knew that from my table NAME!) and it was an amazing day with fantastic weather. I hope Mr. and Mrs. Garland enjoyed it as much as we did.
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